Domestic violence – or family violence, as it is called in Texas – encompasses many types of offenses of varying severity. If convicted, you could face thousands of dollars in fines and a hefty prison sentence. You can also experience loss of your reputation and the derailment of your career.
A Duncanville family and domestic violence lawyer wants to help you build a defense against such charges. This article will tell you what our firm can do and what types of penalties we can help protect you from.
How Our Firm Can Help You Figure Out What to do Next
If you are looking for a lawyer who serves Duncanville, the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help. All callers receive a no-cost case evaluation from a member of our team. This team member will explain what we can do in your case specifically.
Once on the case, a Duncanville family and domestic violence lawyer from our firm will:
- Figure out the best course of action: Your lawyer can go over all of your options, their benefits and drawbacks, and which option may be best for you.
- Seek out evidence: This may include looking at police records, witness statements, or anything else that could prove your innocence or introduce doubt in a jury’s mind.
- Go to court: Instead of representing yourself at your trial, let your lawyer do the hard work of questioning witnesses, arguing before a jury, and so on.
- Bargain with the judge: We might be able to get your charges reduced (e.g., from a felony to a misdemeanor) or dismissed. Either way, you will save time and money.
- Address your concerns: Being charged with any crime is an upsetting, even overwhelming experience. Our team will be there to answer your questions and make sure you are as comfortable as possible with the proceedings.
Penalties You May Face if Convicted
What types of penalties will you face if convicted of family violence? That depends on a number of factors, such as:
- Whether or not this is your first offense
- Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony
- Whether there are other mitigating circumstances (e.g., additional charges)
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Many types of family violence are classified as assault under Texas Penal Code §22. Assault charges may be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony, and this, in turn, will dictate the severity of the penalties you receive. These penalties typically include:
- Fines: A family violence fine could end up costing as much as $10,000.
- Jail or prison time: You could spend anywhere from a few months in jail to decades or a lifetime in prison.
As a general rule, the more convictions you have, the more serious the potential penalties are. You may also be the subject of a protective order, as discussed in Texas Family Code §85.022. If the accuser convinces a judge that you are an imminent threat to their safety, you could be compelled to:
- Stop communicating with the accuser, either directly or indirectly
- Avoid places that the accuser visits or lives
- Attend a counseling or prevention program
- Surrender your firearms
Violating a protective order is in and of itself a crime. If convicted, you may be jailed and/or fined, so do not attempt to violate the order for any reason. Instead, contact an attorney to discuss your rights in this situation.
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All of these penalties are scary and life-changing in their own right. However, they also impact other areas of your life, both now and in the future. After a conviction, you may find it more difficult to:
- Keep your job: A jail term of any length or even the nature of the charge itself may prompt your employer to fire you.
- Find a job: Individuals with criminal records, even if they are not guilty of the crime they were convicted of, may have trouble finding good jobs.
- Find a place to live: If you live in the same place as the accuser, a protective order could force you to move. Additionally, a criminal record could dissuade a landlord from renting to you.
- Socialize: Acquaintances, friends, and relatives may be reluctant to spend time with you. Some may even be outright hostile.
- Exercise your rights: A felony conviction could permanently take away certain rights, such as your right to vote, run for office, and own a gun.
The prospect of having to live with these consequences is enough to unsettle anyone. This is why hiring a family violence attorney from our firm is a good idea. We offer a much-needed neutral perspective that you probably cannot get on your own.
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Family Violence Can Take Many Forms
Family violence is defined in Texas Family Code §71. Examples of behavior classified as family violence include, among other things:
- Giving a child drugs or alcohol
- Sexually exploiting a child
- Committing sexual assault
- Causing bodily harm
- Attempting any of the above
- Threatening any of the above
Anyone classified as “family” or a “member of the household” may bring family violence charges. You do not have to be related by blood to be accused of family violence. Foster and adopted children, for example, are treated the same as biological children under family violence laws.
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Contact Our Attorneys for Help Today
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can provide you with a Duncanville family and domestic violence lawyer to protect your rights. Randy Isenberg’s breadth of experience—he has been a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney—allows our firm unique insight into how the legal process works. Give us a call at (214) 696-9253 so that we can get started on your case today.